WHAT IS A WISDOM SEEKER?
“The art of aging gracefully is the art of becoming yourself.”
Looking for meaning and purpose in life?
Wondering what your path is as you age?
Searching for a new retirement identity?
Contemplating who you are and where you fit?
Wisdom Seekers Affirmation
Wisdom Seekers are people who are curious about the world and who have a desire to learn and grow emotionally and spiritually. We live with a passion for truth and devote the necessary energy to reflect on what it means to be wise. We have made the decision to embark on the journey of a lifetime to discover the lessons we must learn to become wise elders instead of elderly. We live in the present instead of the past with regrets or the future with anxiety.
We study about inner wisdom, living and aging consciously, forgiveness, love, gratitude, mortality, intuition, the various philosophies of the world and many other subjects with an eye toward integrating these qualities and ideas into our lives. As we transition into this new way of thinking about life we find that we are becoming better members of our families, communities and the world.
We are living longer, but for what purpose? Wisdom Seekers search to find our purpose for living in this third phase of life. Instead of the present model for aging that is focused on the physical diminishment of our bodies and minds, we seek to become vital and active members of society and to bring our wisdom to a nation and world that sorely need a new more positive view of the future.
Our world faces many challenges and we, as wise elders can be an example of how to make a difference in the world one person at a time.
Copyright © 2007, Wisdom Seekers
All around the country, people are meeting to discuss a new model of aging in America. They want to fulfill their promise to themselves. Wisdom Seekers is part of a movement to redefine aging and is influenced by the book written by Rabbi Schachter-Shalomi, who developed a trans-denominational philosophy to help him deal with his own aging process. He realized that in his sixties he was sloughing off an old phase of life, but it was not clear to him what the next phase would be. His book, From Age-ing to Sage-ing: A Profound New Vision for Growing Older, tells his story and his path to discovering what he sees for elders in the coming years. In this process, we will learn the skills to move into the role of Elder.
Approximately 76 million boomers baby boomers are moving into their sixties and are planning for retirement or are already retired. Their age cohort has blasted all norms as they have moved through each decade. So, we are in the process of developing a new paradigm for a way of living that will fill a very important role in human existence. We can learn to become wise by studying the following modules.
QUOTES ABOUT AGING WITH WISDOM IN TODAY’S SOCIETY
“The sharing of wisdom is not primarily in terms of what we say or do for the young, but through the persons we have become.”
– Kathleen Fischer, Winter Grace: Spirituality and Aging
“Learning to shape and reshape our personal and collective destinies—to pack and repack our bags—is the central lesson of our time. But it is a lesson we all can learn by living passionately for today and purposefully for tomorrow. In doing so, we lighten our loads for the rest of our lives.”
– Richard Leider, Repacking Your Bags: Lighten the Load for the Rest of Your Life
“The thing is to neither fear old age or fight it, but accept it without tension and use it.”
– Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, From Age-ing to Sage-ing
“As you rethink retirement—or non-retirement—in this changing world, I hope these patterns of transition will invite you to release your identity of the past, acknowledge resistance and learn from it, reclaim old interests and passions, welcome wonder and revelation, sense the right time to act, risk creative newness, and build relationships to give your call form and substance.”
– Marjory Zoet Bankson, Creative Aging: Rethinking Retirement and Non-Retirement in a Changing World